-Hatha yoga is a generalized umbrella term for yoga practice utilizing asanas (poses) for overall fitness. Under this yoga umbrella there are many styles adopted by modern western culture. Each style has a uniqueness expressed by the personalities of its instructor. Hatha yoga practice can either be strong power poses held for several breaths or be practiced with the harmony of the body flowing from one pose to the next on each inhalation and exhalation of the breath. Yin Yang Yoga offers our clients the best of both worlds and many in between. Contact Yin Yang Yoga now and start on your practice with one or our classes or personal one on one instruction.
This class will blend dynamic movement with static postures. It will focus on proper alignment, connection to the breath, and finding the sweet balance between effort and ease. Pranayama and meditation will also be included, as they are both powerful tools in calming the mind and finding greater peace. This class is open to all levels. Props, modifications, and hands-on adjustments will be offered in order to meet each student’s needs.
In the mid-1990s, several prominent teacher who were well-trained in traditional yoga were looking for ways to make flow yoga more accessible to more people. The resulting classes came to be known by the umbrella term of power yoga. Power yoga was initially heavily influenced by the intensity of Ashtanga but allowed for variation in the sequencing of poses at the discretion of the teacher. Contemporary power yoga classes are essentially vigorous vinyasa flow.
“Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice must be established for proper practice of pranayama, and is a key to the development of the yamas and niyamas. Once these four externally oriented limbs are firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented limbs will spontaneously evolve over time.
-Yin yoga balances out the body with the mind, helping the body reach deeper postures and corrective skeleton positioning for maximum health. Yin yoga incorporates a system with long held positions to help in length and flexibility. Most holds are held longer than three minutes and often assisted with props. Unlike restorative, Yin yoga stresses the kinetic chain to increase growth. In simple terms Yin Yoga increases flexibility. And unlike restorative is an intense session that requires 24hrs of rest in-between.
-Seldom does anyone with an agenda for a healthier fitter tomorrow wants to take time out of their day to allow the body to repair its self, especially athletes. More than anyone else athletes are the ones who need restorative yoga to do exactly what the name replies, restore the body to a healthy state. Exercise tears and stress muscles where restorative yoga place the body into assisted poses of relaxation that allows oxygenated cells to repair sore and stressed muscles. Restorative yoga does this by utilizing props, placing the client in the most beneficial position for restoration of the body.
Yoga For All Bodies
This class is focused on making yoga poses accessible to all body types and levels, including cues and modifications for curvy or stiff bodies. This class will be a home for body-positive environment on and off the mat. We will focus on listening to our bodies, they are our greatest teacher, and how to work hard and have fun in these amazing bodies of ours.
The American Yoga Association (AYA) states that yoga should not be practiced under the age of 16, as the poses induce pressure on various glands which can affect a child’s growth and development. As a result, the AYA opposes children’s books and products that lead cartoon characters through yoga poses without detailed instructions and warnings as to the risks of injury. While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has not taken a position, it acknowledges yoga's increased prevalence as a form of exercise. "Yoga is the new soccer," says Lawrence Rosen, M.D., of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) encourages yoga as a means for children to learn to quiet the mind, use energy efficiently and take care of themselves. PBS notes that yoga’s individualized standard and pace creates an inclusive environment for children with disabilities.
"When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself or in the world... that it Tai Chi. When you work and play with with the essence and energy of Life, Nature and the Universe for Healing, Clarity and Inner Peace... that it Qigong (chee gung)." -
Dr. Roger Jahnke
Tai Chi (Taiji) is an internal martial arts style from China. It is also a very effective health exercise and moving meditation. Tai Chi means 'balance and harmony' in Body, Mind, Spirit and LIFE.
We offer traditional Tai Chi programs where you will learn Yang Style 5 movement form called Tai Chi Easy, a 9 movement form called Integral 9 and Fu Style 24 movement form.
We also offer classes that blend Tai Chi and Qigong and Tai Chi and Yoga called Tai Chi Qigong Flow and Tai Chi Yoga Flow.
Qigong is a Mind-Body moving meditation program that combines gentle, flowing movements and stretching, deep breathing, self-massage and mindfulness for a restorative exercise that builds your vital (life) energy (Chi), improves posture & balance, decreases stress, induces a deep sense of inner peace and More. Qigong (pronounced chee gung) means energy cultivation or practice.
Classes include the following Qigong forms:
Bu Zheng, 9 Phases Qigong, 5 Elements, Animal Qigong, 8 Pieces of Brocade, 7 Precious Gestures and More.
For more info about Tai Chi or Qigong please go to www.iiqtc.org
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness, an organization that sells Zumba videos and products, does not charge licensing fees to gyms or fitness centers. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.
Shakti Flow is a movement, a practice, a way of life, inspired by movement. Yoga, dance, functional fitness, Shakti Flow is an invigorating practice that blends these elements.
On the surface a Shakti Flow class is full of high intensity cardio bouts, fun improv dance sets mixed with creative vinyasa flow, body weight strength training and breath work while loud motivating music infiltrates the room.
Below what we can physically see, these movements are cleansing and opening our chakras, building solid foundations while nudging us to step out of our comfort zones.
In turn we re-emerge more confident, vibrant and more aligned with our divine feminine energy. Shakti means power or empowerment, which is what our practice inspires within us. This practice will challenge you no matter what your experience in yoga or fitness, guaranteed to shake up and Awaken the inner Goddess that resides within us all.